About the Sport:

Parasailing, also known as ‘parascending’ or ‘parakiting’, is a recreational aero sport. You can enjoy flying in the air and can take delight in viewing beauty of the nature. You do not need any training for parasailing as the crew on the ground controls your parasail. The pilot is attached by a harness to the parasail, which is a parachute-like canopy wing. It is connected to the boat or any 4-wheeler by the tow rope. The vehicle then moves ahead and pulls the parascender (or wing) and the person into the air. A parasail is flown on wide, long and motorable beaches or any vast open land.

Relation to India:

The beaches, the sparkling water, the scenic beauty and the infinite blue sky is the reason of growing demand and popularity of parasailing in India. Many regions like Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Goa, Rajasthan and Maharashtra have thrilling parasailing destinations. There are number of parasailing schools and institutes offering courses in parasailing and safety measures, making India a popular destination for parasailing.

Tips / Precautions / Interesting Facts:

In parasailing, a person does not have control over the parachute. It is the crew that has to control the flight and ensure all the safety precautions by using modern and latest equipments and checking the quality and condition of the boat on a daily basis, in order to avoid injuries or accidents.

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  • Follow all the safety rules
  • Have an experienced instructor
  • Wear a helmet
  • Wear a life vest


  • Don’t take off when it’s raining
  • Don’t take off in strong winds
  • Don’t try to perform stunts
  • Check the harness and equipments properly


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